Politics Nigeria Senate in Fresh Showdown With President Buhari - SR


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The Senate is ready to place an embargo on the confirmation of the nominees of President Muhammadu Buhari if the crisis between the two bodies is not resolved, Sahara Reporters reports.

The Senate will make the move due to recent comments by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, who agreed with human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), that Section 171 of the Constitution allows Buhari to make some appointments without National Assembly’s approval.

The president is expected to re-nominate Ibrahim Magu as the Chairman of the EFCC. Ibrahim Magu has been rejected twice by the senate.

“There is going to be a constitutional crisis in Nigeria because the Senate is now at a crossroads on what to do with the nominations made by the President for which he is seeking the confirmation by the Senate," a source at the National Assembly reportedly said.

Buhari on Wednesday sent a letter to the senate seeking the confirmation of some of his appointments, including three non-career ambassadorial nominees,five members for the board of the Central Bank of Nigeria and a Chairman of National Electricity Regulation Commission (NERC).

“They may not (be considered, including those of the CBN, NERC and others just sent to the Senate, because of the claims made by the Vice-President. He spoke as if he was speaking the mind of the President.

The source added, “They (Presidency) should proceed to court to seek endorsement for their position. It is their business to go to the court, not the Senate’s. The Vice President has already stalled the nomination and confirmation processes by his unguarded statements.
 

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